MY questions concern what food I can create for our chickens (meat birds and layers) as an alternative to purchasing it to keep costs down. Do chickens like night crawler? What percentage of their diet could they be? . What about growing kentucky pole beans (which are extraordinarily prolific) for dry beans as a protein feed as compared to soybeans? Does anyone know the protein content of dried pole beans? While soybeans contain about 30% more portein than other beans (kidney, lima, navy, pinto, etc) one pole bean will produce about 300% more beans than a soy bean plant. Would the beans have to be roasted like soybeans that contain an enzyme which is poisonous to chickens? Or would it be more beneficial (efficient) to feed them fresh green beans during the summer? Are there other garden crops that are efficient to grow for chickens as an alternative to purchased feed? I know they will eat almost any vegetable crops but I am talking about particular high protein crops grown to harvest, dry, store for winter feeding.